The Joy of Being a 1950s Mom

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The Joy of Being a 1950s Mom


Let’s bring back the 1950s style of parenting, shall we ladies?

You know, it’s the one where the moms look all glamorous as they drink their afternoon martinis and gab with their girlfriends on their actual old-fashioned house phone. Meanwhile, the kids are glued to the TV screen watching Lassie or Howdy Doody or some wholesome crap like that.

There’s not a care in the world about “too much TV” or “mommy drinking during the daytime” or any of those bothersome things we are told to worry about today.

Think Betty Draper in Mad Men.

Dinnertime? Toss a can of tuna into macaroni and cheese and call it a casserole. Sprinkle some crushed potato chips on top for good measure, because potatoes = vegetables. Healthy!

Now sure you may say that Betty Draper might not be the best mom out there. She smokes cigarettes in the house, spanks her kids, and is kind of a royal bitch to her husband. Plus it took her a good two hours to look that coiffed and presentable.

So maybe we’ll skip the smoking, corporal punishment, and the part where we have to get all dolled up. Unless, of course, we have a housekeeper to watch after our children while we are getting all dolled up. Then I say, bring on the curlers and rouge!

So what else can you look forward to if you join my 1950s parenting movement?

Well, there’s no Pinterest, for one thing. You will no longer spend hours online trying to find the perfect birthday treat to send into your child’s class. A box of Chips Ahoy will do just fine.

Crafts? What are they? Let your kids cut up your old magazines. Give them some glue and paper. Boom. It’s a collage.

Or some ziti and a string. Boom. It’s a necklace.

Getting the hang of this? It would just be so simple.

You wouldn’t go on Facebook, because Facebook wasn’t around in the 1950s. As a result, you wouldn’t spend your days comparing yourself to other moms who post pictures of their smiling toddlers doing science experiments and learning Mandarin.

Life would just be so much easier without all the trappings and rules of modern-day parenting.

With one exception, of course. The DVR must stay.

Image courtesy of AMC.
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  • Stella
    June 12, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    My favorite part was when Betty yelled, “Sally Draper, get that plastic bag off your head! You’re going to wrinkle my dry cleaning!”

  • Becky
    November 20, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    I like this! However, I remember asking my mom and grandma if they had issues in comparing themselves to other women/moms in the height of their parenting days since the Internet wasn’t around, and they both said YES! It was very different times, but still much of the same insecurities and issues.

    • Lindsay
      November 20, 2015 at 10:28 PM

      Very interesting, Becky!! Probably the same insecurities but they are heightened for us nowadays with constant contact w/ others through social media.

  • C. pEPper
    November 21, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    Cute article but it should have been titled the joy of being a 1960s mom. Mad Men takes place in the 60s. A 1950s mom would be June Cleaver…..nicer but not nearly as fun as Betty Draper.

    • Lindsay
      November 21, 2015 at 1:14 PM

      Well when it started it was the late 1950s. I always associate Mad Men with the 50s, plus my image of Betty as a mom stems from Season 1. In the 50s.

    • Lindsay
      November 22, 2015 at 2:50 PM

      And yes Betty is DEF not nice!! Haha.